Issue #13

Jeff Landon

Originally appeared in Elm Leaves Journal ZOO   HOME We’re a family, but the only thing that binds us now is blood.  We are western lowland gorillas, displaced in the Virginia Beach zoo, but no complaints.  Our space is open…
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Robert Shapard

Please Do Not Smoke at the Funeral   My father came home a war hero, quiet and handsome in his leather flight jacket, with souvenirs—an enemy sword, a dented helmet. Also a strange, complicated compass. He taught us to shoot,…
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Nancy Stohlman

Tiny House   After the rapture I decided to buy a tiny house. The realtor met me in the driveway. That’s not a tiny house, I said. That’s a Barbie house. You say Barbie house, I say tiny house the…
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Angela Readman

Two Girls Contemplate What Gorillas Do at Night   They stand outside the enclosure, just like last Thursday. Ever since her father won passes at work, Neko drags May to the zoo after school. It would be wasteful not to….
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Claire Polders

Matter of Time   I dig up a lint ball from his belly button. Roll it between my fingertips. Hide it inside the wooden box in which my orphan buttons live. He sleeps so it’s my secret. He does not…
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